VERONA — The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Future Farmers of America (FFA) will host their annual Maple Weekend events over the next two weekends, the VVS school district said.
The first weekend, on Saturday and Sunday at VVS High School at 5275 State Route 31, begins with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. each day featuring student-made maple syrup.
Admission is $9 for adults, and $7 for seniors and children 12 years and under.
Maple Weekend is “a statewide event devoted to the recognition of the New York state maple industry,” said the VVS FFA, which encourages people to “come discover… the pure taste of maple.”
Students will give tours of the FFA’s maple house and syrup production facilities from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and there will be free wagon rides to the maple sugarbush, where students tap maple trees for the sap that is eventually boiled down into the sweet syrup. The festivities will continue during the weekend of March 30-31, also featuring a pancake breakfast, tours, and wagon rides, the VVS district noted.
“I’m excited about continuing the tradition of doing pancake art, which everybody seems to love,” said VVS FFA President Gabrielle Adams.
VVS FFA Advisor Sara Ouellette commented “this is a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their leadership and connect with the community in a meaningful way.” The VVS FFA welcomes community members of all ages to participate in the weekends, the school district added.
The past month has been busy for the VVS FFA, as agriculture students have tapped the school woodlot, placing approximately 850 taps throughout, said the school district. As of March 16, students had collected over 2,000 gallons of sap from the school woodlot and boiled syrup four times. Their goal is to bottle 2,000 gallons of maple syrup, surpassing last year’s production.
VVS FFA is a nonprofit youth organization with a mission of developing the potential of students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.